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The Bureau is sponsoring a free, one day class in Florida in 2014. The training is for those professionals who want to assist with monitoring people for contamination following a large scale radiological event, such as the detonation of a "dirty" bomb. Registration for new classes is now open. Visit the RRVC course registration page for more information. (2/13/14)

A link to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On The Use Of Radionuclides In The Healing Arts page has been added on the Radioactive Materials home page. This FAQs page was created to help answer questions from Florida radioactive material licensees and other interested parties. (7/27/10)

Regulations

A new law Chapter 2012-168, Laws of Florida modifying Chapter 468, Part IV, Florida Statutes, took effect on July 1, 2012. The changes to Chapter 468 allowed the department to write new regulations (in Chapter 64E-3.0034, FAC) to establish new types of licenses in advanced, post-primary or specialty areas of radiologic technology. As of June 11, 2013, technologists can apply for three new types of specialty technologist licensure: Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). To qualify for the new licenses, an applicant must first obtain national certification in the category being sought and then apply to the department by endorsement using form DH1005 (see the form for further instructions). No state exam pathway for licesnure is required or permited by law. And the new license types are not mandatory — so technologists that were not previously required by law to be licensed in their specialty area of practice won't be required to obtain the new specialty licensure.

The department is also seeking approval to adopt a fourth new category of licensure, Positron Emission Tomography (PET). PET licensure won't be available until sometime later this fall. (6/11/13)

A new Chapter 64E-5, Revision 10, FAC, effective February 11, 2010, has been posted on the Chapter 64E-5 page. For a summary of the new requirements, see Information Notice 2010-01. For a copy of just the replacement pages, see Revision 10, Replacement Pages. The purpose of Revision 10 is to maintain required compatibility with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the medical use of radioactive materials and temporary jobsite requirements. Some proposed amendments will clarify how the department recognizes out-of-state licensees using materials in Florida. Others will establish or change rules regarding training and experience requirements for users, requirements for use and calibration of high dose rate remote afterloaders, and gamma stereotactic radiosurgery units. We have tried to change the regulations so that existing licensees will not need to amend their radioactive materials license to comply and to have as little impact on licensee daily operations as possible. (2/11/10)

Statutes

A new law Chapter 2012-168, Laws of Florida modifying Chapter 468, Part IV, Florida Statutes, took effect on July 1, 2012. The changes to Chapter 468 allowed the department to write new regulations (in Chapter 64E-3.0034, FAC) to establish new types of licenses in advanced, post-primary or specialty areas of radiologic technology. As of June 11, 2013, technologists can apply for three new types of specialty technologist licensure: Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). To qualify for the new licenses, an applicant must first obtain national certification in the category being sought and then apply to the department by endorsement using form DH1005 (see the form for further instructions). No state exam pathway for licesnure is required or permited by law. And the new license types are not mandatory — so technologists that were not previously required by law to be licensed in their specialty area of practice won't be required to obtain the new specialty licensure.

The department is also seeking approval to adopt a fourth new category of licensure, Positron Emission Tomography (PET). PET licensure won't be available until sometime later this fall. (6/11/13)

Ionizing Radiation Machines (X-ray)

Information Notice 32, Computed Tomography (CT) Overexposures has been posted on the Radiation Machine Forms and Documents page. This notice describes a series of CT overexposures that have occured at facilities in California and Alabama. Because of the serious nature of these overexposures and the possibility similar problems could be present at facilities in Florida, the Bureau strongly recommends all facilities performing CT examinations review this notice and perform the actions described therein. (12/10/09)

Information Notice 31, Electronic Brachytherapy has been posted on the Radiation Machine Forms and Documents page. This notice describes a new Part XVI in Chapter 64E-5, FAC, for electronic brachytherapy, a method of radiation therapy that uses electrically-generated radiation from inside, or very close to, the body. (3/12/09)

Radioactive Material

A new Regulatory Guide 1.40, "Guide for the Preparation of Applications for Industrial Radiography" has been posted on the Radioactive Materials Forms and Documents page. (6/11/13)

A new Regulatory Guide 1.30, Revision 4, "Guide for the Preparation of Applications for Medical Use Programs" has been posted on the Radioactive Materials Forms and Documents page. The guide identifies the information needed to complete Department of Health Form DH 1322 when applying for a license for a medical use program. This guide does not apply to generally licensed material or academic programs that do not use radioactive material for medical use. (4/11/13)

A link to the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On The Use Of Radionuclides In The Healing Arts page has been added on the Radioactive Materials home page. This FAQs page was created to help answer questions from Florida radioactive material licensees and other interested parties. (7/27/10)

Information Notice 2010-3, "Industrial Radiography Reporting Requirements" has been posted on the Radioactive Materials Forms and Documents page. This notice describes a clarification of the 24 hour notification requirement for an event in which the sealed source assembly did not return to the fully shielded position within the exposure device. (4/12/10)

Information Notice 2010-2, "Technetium 99m Shortage and the Calibration of Dose Calibrators" has been posted on the Radioactive Materials Forms and Documents page. This notice describes a temporary exemption from certain regulatory requirements pertaining to dose calibrators, due to the national shortage of molybdenum-99. (3/12/10)

A new Chapter 64E-5, Revision 10, FAC, effective February 11, 2010, has been posted on the Chapter 64E-5 page. For a summary of the new requirements, see Information Notice 2010-01. For a copy of just the replacement pages, see Revision 10, Replacement Pages. The purpose of Revision 10 is to maintain required compatibility with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the medical use of radioactive materials and temporary jobsite requirements. Some proposed amendments will clarify how the department recognizes out-of-state licensees using materials in Florida. Others will establish or change rules regarding training and experience requirements for users, requirements for use and calibration of high dose rate remote afterloaders, and gamma stereotactic radiosurgery units. We have tried to change the regulations so that existing licensees will not need to amend their radioactive materials license to comply and to have as little impact on licensee daily operations as possible. (2/11/10)

A new Regulatory Guide 3.5, "Preceptor Attestation for Medical Authorized Users" has been posted on the Radioactive Materials Forms and Documents page. This is a required guide to document a physician's training and experience with radioactive materials to become an authorized user listed on a Human - Medical Use Radioactive Materials License. (2/11/10)

Radiologic Technology

A new law Chapter 2012-168, Laws of Florida modifying Chapter 468, Part IV, Florida Statutes, took effect on July 1, 2012. The changes to Chapter 468 allowed the department to write new regulations (in Chapter 64E-3.0034, FAC) to establish new types of licenses in advanced, post-primary or specialty areas of radiologic technology. As of June 11, 2013, technologists can apply for three new types of specialty technologist licensure: Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). To qualify for the new licenses, an applicant must first obtain national certification in the category being sought and then apply to the department by endorsement using form DH1005 (see the form for further instructions). No state exam pathway for licesnure is required or permited by law. And the new license types are not mandatory — so technologists that were not previously required by law to be licensed in their specialty area of practice won't be required to obtain the new specialty licensure.

The department is also seeking approval to adopt a fourth new category of licensure, Positron Emission Tomography (PET). PET licensure won't be available until sometime later this fall. (6/11/13)

A current list of approved radiologic technology educational programs, is available.(12/5/12)

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) offers a service for ASRT members who are licensed in Florida. At no extra charge, ASRT is transferring all CE credits that Florida technologists earn from ASRT Directed Readings and other ASRT-sponsored CE courses, to the Florida Department of Health. These credits will then automatically be used to meet the 12 CE hour requirement for license renewal in Florida, since these ASRT courses are Florida-approved CE. To check whether your CE credits have been transferred, go to the Florida online license verification, lookup your Florida license, and click on your CE tab. The transfer automatically takes place on about the 15th of each month, so please allow an appropriate amount of time for the credits to appear. (12/5/12)

Environmental Radiation

The Bureau is sponsoring a free, one day class in Florida in 2013. The training is for those professionals who want to assist with monitoring people for contamination following a large scale radiological event, such as the detonation of a "dirty" bomb. Registration for new classes is now open. Visit the RRVC course registration page for more information. (12/5/12)

A new Japanese Radiation Accident Information page has been created to provide a centralized information resource to help answer questions about the accident, the radiation released, monitoring, and recommendations for the public. The information comes from a variety of sources, including government agencies, professional societies, and others. (3/31/11)

A new article, Medical Response to a Major Radiologic Emergency: A Primer for Medical and Public Health Practitioners in the March 2010 issue of Radiology is now available here in PDF. This article describes the medical responses needed following a radiologic or nuclear incident, including the symptoms of and specific treatments for acute radiation syndrome and other early health effects. The Bureau wishes to thank the article's authors and the Radiology staff for recognizing the importance of this article to the public health, medical and emergency response communities, and for granting permission to make the article available via our web site. Citation: Wolbarst A B, Wiley Jr. A L, Nemhauser J B, et al. Medical response to a major radiologic emergency: a primer for medical and public health practitioners. Radiology 2010;254:660-677. (8/9/10)

Nonionizing Radiation Machines (Lasers)

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